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USAopoly would like to announce the upcoming release of a new board game featuring the iconic video game franchise, Super Mario Bros.  Super Mario Level Up! is a board game that features a 3D game board, 13 Character Movers, Power Up cards and “?” Block Chips to offer an immersive, thematic experience reminiscent of the well-known video game experience.

The publisher’s website states the following about this release: “Join Mario and his pals as you advance them up the Mushroom Kingdom while challenging other players to gather the most coins and reach the castle at the top.”

Super Mario Level Up! is a game for 3-6 players ages 8 and up.  For more information about this release, visit the publisher’s website.

Grail Games would like to announce the publication of new editions for two classic Reiner Knizia game in 2017: King’s Road and Stephenson’s Rocket.

The following is an excerpt from the official press release:

King’s Road is a re-implementation of Imperium, last published in 2001. It is due to be released mid- 2017, and will feature art by Vincent Dutrait (Medici, Lewis & Clark, Broom Service, etc.) Stephenson’s Rocket, last published in 1999, will feature artwork from Ian O’Toole (The Gallerist, Vinhos, Lisboa, etc.) Grail Games also plans to produce a previously un-released expansion map for Stephenson’s Rocket that features the eastern United States. Both titles are from famed board game designer Dr Reiner Knizia (Medici, Tigris & Euphrates, Samurai, Ra, etc.)

Stephenson’s Rocket, a route-building and bidding game, has a devoted fan-base. Widely considered to be Knizia’s best design not to be re-printed since its original release, this new edition of Stephenson’s Rocket will be highly anticipated. The game, its mechanisms, and goals, will be refreshed and presented in a clear and beautiful art style from famed board game illustrator Ian O’Toole.

“I am very excited to announce the upcoming release of these titles,” said publisher David Harding. “The new presentation of Stephenson’s Rocket and its expansion will please current fans and attract new ones, while King’s Road, with its fast play time and meaty choices, will deserve a place in any gamer’s collection. We are so pleased to be able to continue releasing great games from one of our greatest designers.”

For more information, and to read the entire press release, visit the publisher’s website.

 

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In 2013, the original Guildhall card game was met with critical acclaim, winning Boardgames Australia Awards Best International Game and the Fairplay À la carte award as well as being nominated for the Golden Geek Best Card Game and being Kennerspiel des Jahres Recommended in 2014.  However, AEG felt that the theme of the original Guildhall, which featured medieval peasants and merchant class people, was not very evocative and limited the game’s audience.

So when the time came to reboot this popular game, AEG decided to go with a fantasy theme that featured 18 character classes from some of their favorite role-playing games.  This reboot will contain a series of three different sets, formed by mixing up the previous two sets and adding six more cards to the mix.

Here is AEG’s official summary of the new release of the game:

In Guildhall players play different colored Profession cards into their Guildhalls, each which grants a special ability to build your own Guildhalls or to tear your opponent’s Guildhalls down. As players collect different colors in each profession, the abilities on the Profession cards increase in power and usefulness. When a player collects one of each of the 5 colors of a given profession they may trade that completed Guildhall for a Victory Point cards, which have abilities of their own and grant Victory Point points to the player. The first player to collect 20 VP points is the winner.

  • Cards and rules are taken from the award winning, critical acclaimed, and Kennerspiel des Jahres Recommended Guildhall Old World Economy and Guildhall Job Faire releases.
  • New fantasy theme and new profession art from Gunship Revolution.
  • Sold in three sets, each released one month after the other.
  • Releases may be combined and played together in one big Mega Saga deck or different – Professions may be combined to create custom play experiences, including the original Old World Economy and Job Faire releases.
  • Great card game mechanics allow for card combos and tactical decision making.
  • Reduced price point from previous releases.

The three new sets will be called Guildhall Fantasy: Fellowship (street date June 2016), Guildhall Fantasy: Alliance (street date July 2016), and Guildhall Fantasy: Coalition (street date August 2016).  For more information on this new release, visit the three blogs posted on AEG’s site here.

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NSKN Games has announced the creation of a new games studio concentrating on publishing small, portable games for both families and gamers.

Strawberry Studio is founded by Agnieszka Kopera, Andrei Novac and Blaxej Kubacki of NSKN Games along with Rainer Ahlfors.

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Their first title will be ‘3 Wishes’ which is scheduled to be released this summer in cooperation with Passport Game Studios. This game will be for 3-5 players aged 8 and above and will play in 3-5 minutes. Gameplay is based on wit and speed where you are trying to outsmart your friends with risk management and bluffing!

For more information please see the Strawberry Studio website here.

Quined Games is proud to announce the release of three new Master Print titles in 2016:

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Vanuatu: a medium-heavy Euro that transports players to the South Pacific, where they will “try to catch fish and find treasures, welcome tourists to the archipelago, and draw beautiful sand drawings, a tradition that is on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.”  The Master Print edition will include the “Rising Waters” expansion, which adds a whole new level of tension to the game in the form of Global Warming.  This edition will also introduce The Governess, a new character to the game. The new edition will feature all new artwork by Konstantin Vohwinkel, and is scheduled to launch on Kickstarter in late April 2016.

For more information on Vanuatu, visit its page on BoardGameGeek.com.

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La Cosa Nostra:  From the publisher: “In La Cosa Nostra, you take on the role of a mafia boss.  During the game, you will hire new gangsters to do the dirty work and collect your money.  To get the big deals, you need to cooperate with the other families — but never rely on those “friendships”. The others will take the first opportunity to stab you in the back, so you better do it first…”  In cooperation with author/ designer /artist Johannes Sich, Quined Games will bring a redesigned English version of this game to Kickstarter in June of 2016.

For more information on La Cosa Nostra, visit its page on BoardGameGeek.com.

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Papa Paolo:  An all-new game by Fabrice Vandenbogaerde (Warlock) where players are managing a pizzeria and have to deliver pizzas to the hungry inhabitants of Naples.  This interactive strategy game is set for launch in the fall of 2016.

For more information on Papa Paolo, visit its page on BoardGameGeek.com.

Gear Patrol has published an article offering up a brief list of board games for the holiday season “that have gotten great reviews, but aren’t as financially successful as the old classics [like Monopoly, The Game of Life and Risk].”  One of the games mentioned in this list was One Night Ultimate Werewolf, with a few comments by its designer, Ted Alspach.

When asked about the old family classics like Monopoly, Alspach offered to explain why those older games are still so prevalent and games published in the last ten years come nowhere close.  “They put a lot of money into those brands to put them on the shelves. Hasbro continues to market them, and they spend more money than any other board game company…If we got to reset right now, those games wouldn’t exist without the history and the marketing.”

It is because of the strong presence of these classic games and the fact that most people already know how to play them that makes them the usual go-to games for the holidays.  However, the article suggests a new lineup of options in various categories, with alternate suggestions for each:

  • One Night Ultimate Werewolf Daybreak

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  • A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition

  • Fire in the Lake

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  • Terra

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  • Splendor

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  • Dixit

  • Coconuts

Each of the above-mentioned games brings with it a similar, alternate suggestion, such as Star Wars: Armada in place of Fire in the Lake.

To read the article in full, visit the Gear Patrol website here.

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Moonrat Media has just announced the second season of the hit comedy web series “Board with Life,” arriving this February of 2016.  “Board with Life” follows a group of board game geeks during their regular game nights.

The following is an excerpt from Moonrat Media’s YouTube channel, in which the show is described: “Join the gang every week as they vie for power in 1840’s New York City, establish dominance over the isle of Catan, and sometimes work together to save the world from global disease and infection. Alliances will forge, rivalries will emerge, and everyone will end the night Board with Life.”

This new season promises seven new episodes that will appeal not only to fans of the show, but also will be a great entry point to new viewers.  As the show’s channel jokingly quips, “Miss the 1st Season?  Skip It.  Catch up later.”

The YouTube channel also contains reviews, how to play videos, comedy sketches and more enthusiastic enthusiast content.

To check out the “Board with Life Season 2 Trailer”, follow the direct link here.

You can also check out the show’s YouTube channel by following this link.

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Selecta has released some fantastic children’s games over the years, including Viva Topo! (a favorite in my house!).  Now, thirteen great children’s games previously released by Selecta are now being published by Pegasus Spiele, featuring a whole new box design illustrated by Anne Pätzke.

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This new design features new, loving illustrations that will greatly appeal to children.  Additionally, a colored dots-scheme for the background of the game boxes will reflect the age-level of the game: green (from 3 years old on), blue (from 4 years old on), yellow (from 5 years old on) or red (from 6 years old on).  The games will still feature the same excellent wooden figures from Selecta.

Pegasus Spiele has announced the first four games of this new series release:

  • Viva Topo! 
  • The Ladybug’s Costume Party
  • the nominated Zoowaboo
  • Bouncing Bunnies

These new games from Pegasus Spiele will be presented at the Internationale Spieltage SPIEL in Essen from October 8 through October 11, 2015 at booth GA-31.

For more information on the new design and release of these children’s games, visit the announcement on Pegasus Spiele’s news page.

Z-Man Games has announced that they will be releasing 4 new titles at GenCon 2015 this July.  Brief descriptions are given below, along with links to further information about each title.

Code of Nine

Mankind is No More! You are an automaton awakening to the ruins of the world 100-years after the fall of humanity. Yet, the will of Mankind is still pulsing in your memory – but, that memory is fading! Can you retrieve it?

Code of Nine is a game of mystery and deduction in which you play as automatons who are attempting to discover the final will of humanity, now long lost.  Your goal is to discover humanity’s last will, divided into eight fragments, use powers that are offered by the various locations in the game, and find out what memories are in play.

Code of Nine is a game for 3-4 players ages 13 and up and plays in 40 min.  The game box includes:

  • 28 cards
  • 1 Game Board
  • 31 Item Tokens
  • 12 Player Pawns
  • 4 Will Markers
  • 4 Player Sheets
  • 4 Memory Lists
  • 1 Round Marker
  • Score Sheets
  • 1 Rulebook

View more information about Code of Nine here.

Apocalypse Chaos

We are in grave danger! Enemies are swarming around the ship and they will not go down without a fight. We’ll have to work together in order to get out of this one alive. We’re going to need a plan, and we need it fast! Let’s not let these things outsmart us, outnumber us, and certainly not outshoot us! I need you all to do what you do best. Got it? Let’s do this!
 In Apocalypse Chaos, your ship is being attacked by hostile aliens, and you and your crew must do everything it takes to survive while securing scientific artifacts, rescuing survivors, and destroying the alien leader.  This cooperative game allows players to create their own missions via modular components in addition to the included scenarios.
 Apocalypse Chaos is a game for 1-4 players ages 13 and up and plays in 60 minutes.  The game box includes the following:
  • 20 6-sided custom dice
  • 5 Standees
  • 4 Player Boards
  • 10 Room Tiles
  • 31 Enemy/Equipment Cards
  • 90 Various Tokens
  • 8 Plastic Pillars

View more information about Apocalypse Chaos here.

Dragon Farkle

The long enjoyed peace of Yon has been disrupted by a ferocious and mean-spirited dragon he’s terrorizing the locals and eating their livestock without their permission. Fortunately, a few wannabe heroes (that’s you!) have risen to the challenge of slaying the beast. Get yourself a brave companion, gather a powerful army, and enter the Dragon’s Keep. For cheese and country!

In Dragon Farkle, you are recruiting soldiers to build an army in order to fight a dragon.  The game is fast and features a push-your-luck dice-rolling mechanism.

Dragon Farkle is a game for 2-5 players ages 13 and up and plays in 30 minutes.  The game box contains:
  • 30 Soldier Dice
  • 1 Event Die
  • 10 Companion Cards
  • 20 Magic Item Cards
  • 5 Player Mats
  • 1 Dragon
  • 5 Damage Counters
  • Rules

Read more about this release here.

Flick ‘Em Up!

The cities in the West are not the safest place to be. In the disc-flicking game Flick ’em Up!, you can become an outlaw and rob banks, free prisoners, attack innocent bystanders…or become the Sheriff and try to protect the people of your city from these bandits! Relive the great adventures of the West, face your enemies in street duels, use different guns and tactics to get what you want. You can follow the scenarios or create your own – the choice is yours, cowboy!

Flick ‘Em Up is a game with equal amounts of dexterity and strategy and ten different scenes for play.  This game includes high quality wooden pieces, including bullets and dynamite, which are being flicked at the opposition.  Many other actions are available depending on the scenario.

Flick ‘Em Up is a game for 2-10 players ages 8 and up and plays in 45 minutes.  The game box includes:

  • 12 Figures
  • 12 Removable/Reversible Hats
  • 10 Cowboy Tiles
  • 6 Buildings
  • 1 Gallows
  • 72 Tokens (dynamite, pistols, rifles,etc.)
  • 36 Wooden Pieces (cactuses, barrels, etc.)

For more information on this new release, read here.